No matter what type of job you have or what type of industry you work in, it is always possible that you might be involved in some type of on-the-job accident. Many people in New Mexico are injured at work every year in a variety of ways. If this happens to you, it is important that you know the steps to take in order to ensure you receive the compensation and assistance you deserve.
If your injury requires urgent medical attention, you should go to the nearest facility for treatment. However, as explained by the State of New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration, for any non-urgent medical needs, you may need to visit a health care provider that has been approved by your employer. If you fail to do this, your medical treatment may not be paid for through workers' compensation.
You must also ensure that your employer is notified about your injury or accident. If they happen to see the accident take place, that may qualify as having been notified. However, the optimal method of notification is for you to complete and sign a Notice of Accident form, have your employer sign it and then both of you retain copies of it. You must submit this form within 15 days of the event. Your employer is then required to let the insurance company know about the incident. This must be done within 72 hours.
If you would like to learn more about what to do if you or someone you know is injured while at work, please feel free to visit the workplace accident assistance page of our New Mexico workers' compensation website.